A Grand Jury has handed down the indictment of an elected law enforcement official in Pike County, Ohio.
According to the Columbus Dispatch, a jury in Pike County took several hours on Friday (June 28) to indict Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader (pictured left). Reader, 45, was criminally charged with 16 offenses in all (eight felonies and eight misdemeanors).
The disgraced law man’s case is being handled by a special prosecutor in the Ohio State Auditor’s Office. Reader is accused of theft in office, tampering with evidence, and committing criminal conflicts of interest.
According to court documents, Reader is accused of stealing thousands of dollars from the Pike County Sheriff’s Office. An anonymous informant told state authorities that Reader regularly stole cash, which was seized by his department in felony drug dealing cases.
According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, Reader stole to money to fuel his degenerate gambling habit. He also is accused of unethically attempting to borrow money from private Ohio business owners and high-paid employees working for Pike County.
Reader made national headlines when he took the lead in investigating the Rhoden Family capital murder case. Eight members of this southern Ohio family were murdered execution style in April 2016.
In November 2018, Reader and former Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine (pictured right) announced that the main suspects were arrested.
George Wagner, his wife Angela, and their two sons are the four defendants who stand accused in this gruesome mass murder case. Mr. Wagner’s trial will begin in September 2019, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.
However, professional insiders who are familiar with the Rhoden Family murder case are concerned. Reader worked on this case alongside agents with Ohio’s state investigative bureau. This presents a million-dollar question.
If Reader falsified evidence and comprised other criminal cases, what did he do to compromise this mass murder investigation? The corrupt law enforcement official faces substantial prison time if he is convicted in his current criminal case.